I survived a full six months of not buying any books. Trust me when I say that it is absolutely doable and nothing to be scared of. Well, maybe a tiny little bit, but then again, where would be the challenge and the exalting feeling of victory when you make it across the finish line without once faltering.
I realized that just because you're not buying any books for half a year, doesn't mean your TBR piles will be getting noticeable smaller.
Starting out with roughly 400 unread books earlier this year, though to be perfectly honest it was almost 420, but I'm not sure about the exact number as my memory is somewhat blurry in that regard, my current number is 363. Bummer.
After thinking long and hard, and getting a wee bit creative in a sneaky kind of way, I had an epiphany. There is a way to downsize those unread mountain ranges of books after all, it is called book purge.
*scampering off to fell some timber*
If your own TBR piles are as humongous as mine you'll probably own some books for up to a decade already. Thing is, as with tastes in other things, also the taste or interest in certain books or genres has a tendency to shift. Ultimately this meant that I purged my book piles twice this year, the last time about a week ago when I purged another 36 books. I mean, let's be perfectly honest, if you haven't picked up a book for several years chances are you won't pick it up in the next couple years either. So, out they go.
Not quite as obvious, but lurking secretly hidden away is my virtual library which thankfully doesn't take away much space. The virtues of an eReader, yay! However, it was time to face the music aka long list of unread freebies which I hoarded like crazy in 2011 and it wasn't a happy tune. Chances are I won't be reading (most of) those either, so a whopping number of 134 eBooks went straight to what I will from now on lovingly refer to as my Hiatus Stack. I'm not going to delete them from my eReader, but I'm not going to count them toward my unread books. Let's face it, they are more like undead now. Ha. Not funny, I know.
Side note: In the meantime I have changed my ways and am now only very rarely downloading freebies! And if I do, I usually read them within a month or two!
Where does this put me? This purge and slaying substantially reduced the number of unread books and I am now looking at the slightly less daunting number of 193 unread books. Still an awful lot, all right. The interesting question is - will I ever be able to get into double digits? Doubtful.
What to do, what to do?
I need to read faster and I need to get less books in. Yeah, right!
Solution? Book buying ban. There's not much fun in that either. So I decided I would at least reduce my book buying to keep things in the balance. Let's say I read 12 books a month, give or take one or two. I will need to stay below this mark. Well below, in fact. After all, books for review will roll in, and there might be the odd giveaway I win. So, I decided not to buy more than 6 books a month. Should be doable. Especially if I send out last-minute-orders like a maniac next week. Just kidding. After all I put myself on a book-buying-ban this month too, to avoid exactly that.
So, tell me, do you ever purge your TBR piles and what are your book shopping goals for next year? And book-buying-bans planned for the new year? Please share!